It’s something that many lottery players ask themselves; can the lotto be won by some lottery strategies or is it completely random? Is the person who closes their eyes and throws darts at a set of numbers as likely to win as someone who sits down and works out the mathematical possibilities of the winning numbers? The truth is, the chances of winning the lottery, especially the jackpot is extremely small. For example, the current chance of winning the Mega Millions Jackpot is 1 in 175,711,536!
Many people pick numbers randomly, perhaps choosing what is on their mind at any given time or use the random number generator offered with every lottery, where the computer will pick for you. Although there is no rule that says you won’t win with randomly generated numbers, it is said that using some kind of lottery strategy, or at least looking out for strong numbers can increase your chances of picking up a prize.
So how to pick a set of numbers that will give you a good stab at picking up a prize? One of the older lottery strategies we can look at is the hot and cold number idea.
According to the method, hot numbers are ones that have been drawn recently and cold numbers are once that haven’t been drawn in a while. If you were to use this method, you could visit the official lottery website and see what numbers have been drawn, usually for the last 12 months then work out which numbers to pick.
There are pros and cons to choosing numbers using this lottery strategy. On one hand, you could use this system to figure out what numbers are being drawn regularly and use this for your entry. Some numbers do seem to appear many more times than other numbers. However, these numbers may have just used up their popularity and may not appear again for a while – there’s no complete guarantee that this pattern will work. Some people may prefer to go for lesser drawn numbers, figuring that they must be due a turn to appear.
There is also the Lottery wheel system. Lottery wheeling is a strategy that says that arranging the numbers you choose in a certain way will improve your chances of winning smaller prizes. In other words, it is a system that will improve your chances of picking up a number of smaller prizes, rather than aiming for the jackpot. There are three types of wheel called Full, Abbreviated and Key wheels.
The full wheel will give you the biggest set of numbers from the numbers you have chosen – therefore it is the most costly type to play with but will give you the biggest chances of winning. The most popular type of wheel is the abbreviated wheel which will give you a smaller amount of combinations but guarantees one winning ticket from the set of numbers you get. For an even more economical choice, consider the key number wheel. With this wheel you can choose just one lucky number (say your birthday) and the wheel will give you combinations that will feature your numbers of choice.
Remember when you play with the wheeling lottery strategy, you need to play within your own budget. If you are playing by yourself, you may need to use the key wheel system – if you are playing in a syndicate, you may be able to use the full wheel.
Another thing you could do is try playing using a lucky number generator based on numerology. Numerology is a system that deals with the link between numbers and mystical, physical or living things. There are many lottery number generators online that take your first and last name, then your date of birth to generate your lucky lottery numbers.
They use certain systems such as the root number of your first name, the number created by your birth date added together, the sum of your first name numbers and so on to pick numbers with some meaning to you.
There is not deep rooted scientific or mathematic fact behind this kind of number generator – but it is a lot of fun to use and takes the bother out of choosing your own lottery winning numbers!
Whichever lottery strategy you decide to use, make sure you have the belief in your numbers and remember to keep that ticket safe!